Now that Jackie Chan is a 54 year old international star, he can relax a little, loaning his talents out to entertain children (and willing adults)Â in films like Kung Fu Panda, The Forbidden Kingdom, and the upcoming The Spy Next Door. And if anyone’s earned the right to do so, it’s him because in the ’80s and ’90s, Chan made a name for himself as an action star willing to go a few flying leaps farther than his competitors, often placing his life at risk for the sake of a spectacular stunt.Â And in the case of this 1992 sequel to Police Story and Police Story 2, Chan ends up dangling from the end of a helicopter rope high above the streets of Kuala Lumpur. It’s an infamous scene and well worth the hype behind it.
Supercop (also known as Police Story 3) is an action movie from beginning to end, as Inspector Chan Ka Kui (Chan) goes undercover along with Inspector Jessica Yang (the graceful, but tough-as-nails Michelle Yeoh) to bring down a high-powered drug lord. Gangsters may get blown apart right and left, helicopters may crash into trains, and buildings may burn down, butÂ Inspector Chan Ka KuiÂ always manages to keep a twinkle in his eye, somehowÂ infusing the fight scenes with enough of his winking toughness to make it feel almost lighthearted. Both Chan and Yeoh are at the top of their game in this nonstop thriller, each performing their own stunts, and with Yeoh riding a motorcycle onto a moving train, falling into the windshield of a moving car, and straddlingÂ the roof of a speeding van along with Chan soaring on a too-high zipline, fighting off goons from the roof of a train, and dangling from a helicopter rope, that’s no small order.
As with most action movies, the plot is relatively thin, though that quickly becomes irrelevant considering the amount of martial artistry and derring-do on display for the majority of the hour and a half of the film’s running time.Â There’s also aÂ decent amount of comedyÂ involved with Maggie Cheung making a winning appearance as Chan’s girlfriend May.Â
Unfortunately, the special features are disappointing. Considering the wealth of material that could be included, what is offered is a feature commentary by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan that’s not as interesting as a commentary by Chan and director Stanley Tong might have been. The second disc includesÂ four interviews (Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Stanley Tong, and Jackie Chan bodyguard, training partner, and co-star Ken Lo). There’s a briefÂ set of outtakesÂ that roles during the credits of the film, but Â in an “ultimate” edition, I expect a bit more unreleased footage.
Zach’s Rating: B+
Perfect For: Jackie Chan fans looking to catch one of Jackie’s top 10 favorite stunts of all time
Stay Away if: You prefer the Chuck Norris/Steven Seagal approach to crime-fighting
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